Foster Announces £2.3million Skills Investment by Dunbia

Dec 05, 2013

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Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with Matthew Dobson, Managing Director for the Dungannon Dunbia facility

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster today announced a £2.3million investment in training and development by based Dunbia (Northern Ireland).

The Dungannon-headquartered company, a leading supplier of beef, lamb and pork products, is implementing skills development programmes over the next three years designed to improve and grow its business.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered Dunbia (NI) over £714,000 towards the investment which involves establishing a Butchery Academy, implementing leadership and management training and introducing lean manufacturing practices to help reduce costs, waste and improve the firm’s operational efficiency.

Speaking following a visit to the company, the Minister said: “Dunbia’s investment in training and development will ensure it can build on its success to date and continue to increase its profitability and performance.

“Support from Invest Northern Ireland is helping Dunbia up-skill its 1,000 strong workforce across Dungannon, creating a culture of continuous learning and improvement which will be invaluable in driving this company’s performance. Its structured training programmes will help to nurture local talent and create a stable workforce that will guarantee a sufficient supply of skills to meet demand.”

Jim Dobson, Managing Director of Dunbia, said: “This investment is about developing our people through targeted core skills training and ensuring we have a strong management on board to safeguard the future of the company.

“We recognise the value of an experienced workforce and quality products and feel that now is the right time to make these improvements to our training and development structures. Invest NI support has been crucial in helping us push forward with our plans which will enable the business to remain competitive through these testing trading times.”

Dunbia Northern Ireland employs over 1,000 people in the procurement, slaughter and de-boning of cattle and sheep, wholesale distribution and retail packing of beef and lamb. The multinational food company operates from eleven sites in the UK and Ireland and from sales offices throughout Europe.

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